This is an important time for textual criticism of the New Testament. A fundamental re-evaluation is underway of both the purpose of the discipline and the nature of the manuscripts upon which it relies. The place of the controversial method of conjectural emendation is a debate that encompasses both of these issues. In this study, Ryan Wettlaufer explores the theory and practice of the method and then, using the Epistle of James as a case study, argues that conjectural emendation is an important tool that can be used to restore readings which were once found in the original text but now are No Longer Written.
Ryan Donald Wettlaufer, Ph.D. (2011), University of St. Michael's College, has published numerous articles and reviews, and continues to research and teach the text of the New Testament.
"All in all, the book lives up to the Brill series of which it is now part: as a
study of New Testament conjectural emendation and a
tool for those who want to know how it is practised and defended." – Jan Krans,
VU University, Amsterdam, in:
TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, 2014
Table of contents
Part I Theory
1.1. What Is Conjectural Emendation?
1.2. A Classical Pedigree
1.3. Reception in New Testament Studies
2.1.Survival of the Fittest
Excursus CBGM and Manuscript Loss
2.2.The Grass Withers
2.3.The Late, Great Original Text
3.1. When to Make a Conjecture
3.2. How To Make a Conjecture
3.3.How To Reject a Conjecture
Part II Practice
Excursus: Introduction to James as a Case Study
4. James 3:1
5. James 4:2
6. James 4:5
7. James 1:1 & 2:1
New Testament textual critics, interpreters, and every serious reader of the Biblical text.